Queensland storm: Tornadoes and huge hailstones wreak damage

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A kangaroo with hail on its back after a severe storm hit parts of QueenslandImage copyrightSTEVEN HARLAND Image captionLocals posted images online showing injured and distressed animals

Tornadoes and a thunderstorm "supercell" have swept across Queensland in Australia, injuring four people and causing widespread damage.

The dangerous weather system hit the state's south-east on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.

One tornado struck Tansey, a town 250km (155 miles) north of Brisbane, snapping trees and ripping roofs from houses.

Elsewhere, four people were injured when tennis ball-sized hail shattered car windscreens, authorities said.

One, Fiona Simpson, posted images online of bruises and scrapes across her body.

"I covered my infant with my body to stop her from getting badly injured.... never drive in a hail storm," she wrote of the incident in the town of Kingaroy.

Fiona Simpson is seen with bruises and cuts on her face and bodyImage copyrightFIONA SIMPSON
Image captionFiona Simpson suffered injuries while shielding her baby

The nation's strongest tornadoes form during supercells - a type of storm that is also frequently accompanied by damaging hail.

But Australia's funnels are typically smaller and weaker than in the US, University of Queensland geographer Prof Hamish McGowan told The Australian.

Bruising and scrapes are seen across Fiona Simpson's backImage copyrightFIONA SIMPSON
Image captionMs Simpson says injuries cover her head, back and shoulders

On Thursday, large hailstones and winds gusting up to 98km/h (60mph) caused extensive damage to buildings and crops. Social media users also reported injuries to animals.

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What a good momma! Save the kids. No wonder insurance companies don`t sell hail protection......they`re probably invested in shit that makes it in the first place.

Poor woman! Even smaller hailstones sting like fk as I discovered when living in Southland and they just spring up from outa nowhere.

" Mother nature " gets the blame again ...

Marian, climate change will get the blame in reality...

global warming swindle

Sadly you're exactly correct clyde ...

yup

This episode of the rundown of climatic events this month is over the edge!

Call it what you want, but polluting the earth is a grave mistake, so I don't follow climate change deniers... even in light of weather manipulation, the Illuminati, demons and Angel.

Cat, the earth does not need us to take care of it, it's all a scam and easily proven should you choose to look with eyes, mind and heart open.

Insanity

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